By on September 14, 2020

2021 Ford Ranger Tremor. Image: Ford

Ford’s Ranger is getting some serious off-road goods for 2021.

No, we don’t mean the Ford Ranger Raptor is finally coming Stateside, although most of us here in TTAC-land would love that. Nah, today we’re talking about a Tremor off-road package for the 2021 Ford Ranger.

What does that all entail? Well, a lifted suspension with Fox 2-inch monotube dampers and rear piggyback reservoirs, coilover front springs with different tuning and rear leaf springs, 32-inch all-terrain tires (Continental General Grabber brand), new wheel lips, hoop steps, a 1-inch wider stance, a painted grille, optional graphics for the hood and body, rear recovery hooks, painted wheels, seats with suede inserts, black interior accents, and a six-switch bank of auxiliary switches.

2021 Ford Ranger Tremor. Image: Ford

The lifted suspension and 17-inch wheels bring the ground clearance up 0.8 inches over a base SuperCrew 4×4 to 9.7. Anti-rollbar stiffness has been reduced to improve on-road comfort while also allowing for less “disruption” over the rough stuff.

2021 Ford Ranger Tremor. Image: Ford

Other key off-road specs include a 31-degree approach angle, a 26.6-degree departure angle, and a 24.2-degree breakover angle. Those numbers are up 2.7, 1.2, and 1.5 degrees, respectively, over the base SuperCrew 4×4. Front suspension travel is up about one-third of an inch to 6.5 inches and rear suspension about a full inch to 8.1.

2021 Ford Ranger Tremor. Image: Ford

There’s a rear locking differential, skid plates, Ford’s Terrain Management System and Trail Control, and a traction-control system that is set to allow for better traction in gravel.

2021 Ford Ranger Tremor. Image: Ford

The powertrain remains the same – a 2.3-liter EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque and pairs with a 10-speed automatic.

2021 Ford Ranger Tremor. Image: Ford

The Tremor Package will set you back $4,290 and all trucks so equipped will be built in Wayne, Michigan. You’ll need a mid-XLT or high-Lariat Ranger in SuperCrew 4×4 layout to select this package.

[Images: Ford]

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10 Comments on “A Tremor in the Ford: Blue Oval Gives 2021 Ranger the Off-Road Goods...”


  • avatar
    EBFlex

    Yawn. What a joke.

    Rather than give people what they are begging for (a Ranger Raptor that Ford currently sells all over the world) they give us a “Raptor lite”. The margarine of Raptors.

    The big question is, why is Ford vehemently against bringing the real Ranger Raptor here in its current form? Why are they waiting so many years for a redesign?

    Are they really that stupid to think that a Ranger Raptor would not sell here because it doesn’t have some outrageous amount of power? They already have a factory tune available for the Ranger, just have that tune installed from the factory (it has 320HP and 355TQ).

    They would have to run a full three “socially distanced” shifts at the factory to keep up with demand….despite the outrageous price Ford would charge for it.

    It’s almost as if this company has an aversion to doing things that would make them money. What company (that says as arrogant as Ford) says “no we really don’t want a massively successful product”?

  • avatar
    JMII

    I want the opposite – a street version of this truck preferable lowered by about 4″ but I realize my wishes only represent about .01% of what “truck guys” want.

  • avatar
    Jerome10

    Looks and sounds decent. Will probably sell.

    Isn’t an all-new Ranger coming sometime soon? This entire truck I think has been a rush to fill the midsize-truck gap that a lot of manufacturers are rushing into.

    Don’t forget this segment is a rather, um, odd one. The one where the oldest, “worst” truck (Tacoma) is by far still the best seller.

    I’m not really sure what midsize truck buyers like.

  • avatar
    Oberkanone

    $4290 the cost is too high for me if I were considering Ranger.
    On the subject of the Ranger targeted at on road buyers….
    A 2WD Ranger FX-2 was discounted to $25K and change at local dealership and this version of Ranger is a compelling value for a buyer seeking truck capability and affordability in a new truck. It was equipped with hitch, spray in bedliner, 4 seats, locking rear differential, and visually it looked nice.

    • 0 avatar
      Lou_BC

      @Oberkanone – agreed. $4,290 is way too much money for a 0.8 inch lift and 33’s. Mind you, that is less than the cost of a ZR2 option. At least with the ZR2 you get a couple of inches of suspension lift, front and rear lockers and a host of other upgrades.

  • avatar
    18726543

    It’s an interesting time in automotive history. I was born in ’82 so I don’t have much insight prior to that, but in the 80’s, 90’s, and even the early 2000’s the big movers were sedans and coupes, and the mechanism to “enhance” them was performance upgrades…bigger engine options were pretty common if you wanted to buy the “fast” version of a vehicle, and people indulged.

    Late 00’s to mid ’10’s were pretty much ruled by fuel economy numbers and AWD which kicked off the CUV craze. Now, how do you move a vehicle? Make an off road variant.

    I find it interesting because I’m sure a similar number of “off road truck” purchasers wheel their purchases vs the number of “fast car” purchasers track-day-ing their sport-model sedans and coupes, but at least you can enjoy the benefits of a bigger engine or sport suspension on the road. When you mash that pedal, it doesn’t matter if you’re on an on-ramp, I70, or the street that leaves your subdivision, the car will go faster than the one you didn’t buy. How do people enjoy 32″ AT tires on the road? How do they even know the vehicle has a rear locker? Do most drivers even know what an electric swaybar disconnect switch is for?

    I think the only times most owners of these vehicles will be “wow”‘d by them is when they’re hit with a $1600 bill to replace tires, or a $3000 dollar bill when the Fox shocks give up.

  • avatar
    gearhead77

    This. Build me a Ranger that, as a 2wd, doesn’t sit 4” higher than it needs to. This goes for all these “mid-size” trucks now.

  • avatar
    gearhead77

    I recently decided to replace my VW Golf with a truck. Don’t like GM, so I won’t shop Colorado/Canyon. Drove an F150 and a Ram, but I just don’t need that much truck to live with. Frontier is ancient, a used one would have been a better deal if rust wasn’t a thing where I live. So it came down to a Ranger or Honda Ridgeline because there’s a great lease deal on the top line RTLE model.

    Dad bought an 88 Ranger supercab 2wd V6 5 speed new and to me, it was the perfect size and height truck. And price. I think it was around $12k sticker, about 28k in today’s money and that was for an XLT without air, power equipment or cruise. Now, that 28k buys an XL which unless you add option packages, looks really cheap inside and out. But those are none existent where I live, everyone NEEDS 4wd or AWD. So an XL 4×4 crew cab with the STX appearance pack is 34k. An XLT is 38k. You can get to nearly 48k on a Ranger.

    I will grant that a new vehicle has a great deal more safety and equipment standard than 32 years ago. Even most of the XLs I shopped had cruise, all had power windows and locks. The turbo 4/ 10 speed auto runs well and doesn’t lack power, maybe a bit in refinement, but I am coming from a VW. Personally, my needs are more car then truck and the Ranger was too expensive, felt too cheap and the ride was bouncy empty, even compared to an F150. The kicker is that I could buy OR lease an F150 Supercab 4×4 for nearly the same money due to incentives. So, I’m trying to find the Ridgeline in the color I want.

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